This whisky is the sixth in the Spirit of Hven “Seven Stars” series. It is a single malt with a lovely smokiness. Well balanced by a finish on Chateau Margaux casks with an exceptional high ratio of Cabernet Sauvignon, as usual spiced with a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The recipe is enticing with licorice balanced by wood sugars, together they create an exciting aftertaste.
The recipe is 58,8% Lager malt, 35,3% peated malt (38ppm), 5,9% Chocolate malt. The distillate have matured between seven and ten years on; 64,7% Muehlenbergii oak from Missouri, 23,6% Petraea oak from Allier and 11,7% Robur from Bourgogne. The traditional whisky phenols measures to 20ppm, however the contributing phenols from the chateau Margaux casks elevates the total phenols to 32ppm. An enticing single malt with caressing vinous tannins and spicy, vanilla licorice. Pleasure on bottle.
The first nose gives, sweet licorice and vanilla. A light smokiness with spicy notes of raisins and cacao. Hints of chamomile backed by violet- and banana scents. Tanned leather and dry smokiness in the background.
The taste is potent with clear, but not overpowering, smokiness. Strict acidity balanced by discrete wood sugars. Long aftertaste without bitterness. When the alcohol has settled the vinous notes resurface. The soft oiliness is above all in the palate.